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Write the Right Word: Eliminate Unnecessary Words

Our messages are important, and we want them to be concise and easy to understand.

So why clutter them with unnecessary words?

“Red in color” and “oval in shape” are examples of some writers’ tendency to modify words that don’t need further explanation. Most readers don’t need to be told “red” is a color or “oval” is a shape.

Why not just say: “The farmer painted his barn red” or “We’re looking for an oval bowl.”

Ellen Crawford, (701) 231-5391

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